A Year's End Reset

I usually do a wrap up of the year with an update on how my resolutions went (hint: not well) and a recap of my favourite places I've got to visit but I just can't muster up the energy to do it this year. If 2015 was a Friends episode it would be called "The One That Exhausted Me". As is probably evident by my nearly non-existent participation on my own blog the latter half of the year, life has gotten in the way of all the fun stuff.

 The first half of the year was pretty well dedicated to wedding related items and, while it was an amazing day, I certainly would not want to plan another one!! We had a nice small ceremony and reception (which I will share on here at some point! I swear!) and I can't imagine planning a large wedding. I would be committed to a mental institute if that were the case. Sewing my dress also burnt me out on my crafting. It took too long. Way too long. I 100% wouldn't do it again! I would throw all the money at someone in order to never have to do that again!

Right after we got back from the wedding my work picked up. The busiest it has ever been in the 5 years I've worked here. I've been working out of town on site two days a week on top of squeezing in my regular work and let me tell you it is tough! Spending over 4 hours a day driving for those those days just drains me. Fun fact about me: I am a much happier passenger than driver. Driving makes me grumpy. Also to have to drive in Alberta in the winter makes me grumpier. 

I feel like the first half of the year I was in such a positive head space and now as the second half draws to a close negative thoughts have creeped in. One of my resolutions was to do daily yoga. I did really well for most of the year but it's disappeared since October and I'm finding it hard to squeeze it in. Usually that's my time to settle the mind and keep in a positive headspace. I've never been good at meditation or focusing on a mantra or anything but I felt like I needed to do something with myself to end the day on a positive note instead of being stressed out. So for my farewell post to 2015 I will leave you with my recipe for resetting my mind after a busy, dark, winter's day.

Reset Recipe

1. Take a steamy shower (or bath if your into that) by candlelight.
2. Put on a nice smell - I rub my face/neck/shoulders in jojoba oil mixed with eucalyptus.
3. Find a quiet place - I literally pull a dining room chair into my (too small) bathroom and put my feet up on the counter. Gotta do what you gotta do for privacy.
4. Turn on some good sounds - I downloaded the Relax Melodies app and flick on some stormy ocean noise.
5.  Then lean back and count really, really slowly till I reach 100. Visualizing each number and drawing it in my minds eye. If anything else creeps into my mind I "swish" it away and keep focusing on the numbers.

That's it! I can't stop thinking during a meditation so the counting for me really helps force my brain to just stop for a few minutes. Right now with feeling so physically, mentally, and emotionally tired that's just what I need. An odd side-effect I've noticed is that after I'm done my count I am so parched. Mouth feels like a desert kind of parched. I'm not sure what brings this on but all I can think about after is gulping down nearly a pitcher of water! Weird but true!

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I have a massage booked, lots of naps penciled in, too much food, a solid netflix queue, and I'm going to make that quilt I've been meaning too finally!

See you next year!


A Blip in Time

These photos are from a rare moment of quiet for me this autumn. I thought planning a wedding was busy times. Nope. This season is 100 times busier. Road trips. Classes. Way too much work. I'm banking on a nice long Christmas break to recoup after all of this. 

Me and Keko went on this walk in September. Maybe October? I can't even remember now! There was a nice drizzle though and heavy cloud which always makes everything extra quiet, which I like the best. It started raining heavily at one point and I hid under a tree and got separated from the dog. After the drizzle, I carried on expecting to run into him again on our usual route. When I finished up with still no sign I went on home where I found him asleep in his blanket. What a guy! Left me half way because he doesn't like to get wet! Dogs these days.

Since I mentioned the wedding above I am excited to say we got our photos back! They look lovely and I will share sometime soon!

(I don't know why my text wont left align!! Sorry this is so annoying to read!)


Whale Cove, NL - Part 1

This was one of the most beautiful evenings I've ever experienced. We met up with some friends and decided to go for a drive down the coast to Burin Bay but ended up going a little further until we hit the end of the road in Whale Cove. The water was absolutely still as there was no breeze. We found a little path that led up to a look out where we watched the sunset (I'll share those in the next post) and made slow motion videos of us running and making silly faces. You know, regular grown up stuff. 


Moving Newfoundland

Last year one of my resolutions was to make more movies. I soon realized I have the shakiest hands in history so I somewhat abandoned that idea until I discovered the slow motion function on my iphone! It's revolutionary! So I have something a little bit different today. I made a little "greatest hits" from our travels around Newfoundland this summer. Without showing any of the actual day, I feel like it's a bit of a wedding video showing many of my favourite parts of the trip. I used the splice app to stick my little videos together. Hope you enjoy my first foray into home videos!

Song by Kate Rusby - Blooming Heather


A Sombre Affair

These sombre photos are fitting for a day like today in more ways than one. David's Nanny passed away yesterday so they accurately depict the heavy cloud around our extended family right now. These photos are also from the early morning drive we took up to see her this summer. It had been my first time meeting her. Oddly, I had actually picked out these few to share today before the news of Nanny even came so though I don't usually delve too deep into family matters on this blog I thought it was a bit too much of a coincidence to go unnoticed.

For Nanny.


In the Garden: The Year that Came and Went.

It's already the end of another growing season and I'm just getting my first actual In The Garden post up. Little late to the party here. To tell you the truth, we suffered an awful drought this year so our garden did not do nearly as good at last year. Couple that with leaving to go to Newfoundland for three weeks (which meant there was nearly five weeks the garden was just left to it's own devices) and it didn't actually do as bad as expected. No weeding, no watering, no pruning and tending. All au natural this year! (Also these photos are taken from my phone because... lazy!)

Our two cucumbers had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the cool nights when we moved them from our living room to the garden in the spring but they came around in the end and I was able to harvest about 60 cucumbers off them. I've been eating 1-2 a day but barely making a dent. Pickling here we come!

I planted a second batch of shallots last summer near the end of August. Unfortunately we got a frost the next week and I just gave up on the second batch coming up. Much to my surprise they popped up in early spring and were the first thing I could harvest! Onions didn't get very big this year but big enough to be usable so that was good.

Much like the cucumbers the yellow zucchini's had a hard start but once they grabbed ahold they produced a lot of fruit. Two out of my five plants couldn't make out of the drought so their leaves turned white/yellow and they only produced very small hard zuc's. My pumpkin's had a similar problem the plant itself looked fine and grew great but there just wasn't enough water around for the one pumpkin I did get to grow larger than my palm. For comparison this was one of my pumpkin last year!

Butternut squash had the same issues as well. Big beautiful plant but tiny squashes. I did manage to get two fair sized ones out of it but the taste was just not great. I am saving the other in the hopes it will ripen more.

I don't know if there is anything that keeps a sunflower down. We don't even plants these! The birds take them out of the feeders all winter and sprinkle them around the garden for us. We leave them to grow because the goldfinches like to eat off them while we garden and we can usually get two months of not having to feed the birds out of it! Bonus.

Tough to keep a marigold down as well! Especially the jumbo variety, I don't think you can kill these things! Other items I didn't photo: Corn and potatoes did great and my tomatoes are ok but suffered from lack of transplanting while we were gone away. I'm just getting some tomatoes now but better late than never! While carrots and beets usually come up in early July most of them have only just popped up at the end of August!! They are so late but luckily root veggies can take a lot more cold weather so I am leaving them in the hopes they can get to be an edible size!

And the fruits of our first harvest! (We've done roughly four harvests this size now)


Twillingate Islands Coastal Trails

There is something different about a storm brewing on the ocean than a storm brewing on the prairies. It seems like you sit and watch a prairie storm slowly move closer for days while an ocean storm rolls up completely unexpected! We were enjoying a hot and humid midday walk when all of a sudden the sunny skies darkened. All the boats started to head back in and we turned to make our way back to the car just in time to see lightening striking over the water before the rain began. First time I've experience lightening on the ocean! Despite my best efforts of trying to get it on camera I gave up and just watched the light show. 


Beau Bois, NL

I took a month off and suddenly here we are. It's almost awkward to get back into the blog two and a half months later. I wrote a note in my agenda on September 1st that said: "blog post?" and then promptly answered that question with a nope when the day actually rolled around. Truth be told, I had a great summer and I was having too much fun to find my way back to this space.

I feel like I have lots to say and no place to start now. The obvious change in the last two months is of course our wedding which went down without a hitch. We enjoyed an amazing 3 weeks away from work touring around the island and getting up to nothing in particular. Back home we've been desperately trying to salvage what we can from our garden. Being away so long coupled with an awful drought have made it less than ideal. In other news, I'm starting an intermediate pottery class soon and excited to see what new techniques I can learn and Christmas knitting has begun for all the little kids in my life. I also really want to work on a quilt if I can find the time. 

Well that all just kinda came tumbling out once I started! I have SO many photos from our trip and thought I would start with a grey, foggy day. This is a little place called Beau Bois that is really quite tucked away from the town of Marystown. David's best friends all grew up in the bay and the last few months he has been working on painting the bay but from another angle than these photos were taken. If he ever finished (he is notoriously slow at painting) I will share it on here! 


Swept Away

This Bilbo quote seems to encompass my life lately. Lots of changes, lots of stress, lots of the unknown. Every time I "step outside my door" I seem to get swept away here and there and none of those places are this little space of mine.

It's July now. Less than a month until we get married. I'm a creature of habit and this month will be completely shaking that up. Making tons of phone calls when I usually avoid any phone conversations. Preparing myself to have all eyes on us when I normally stick to being a wallflower. Gearing up for flying again... Thats a big one. I don't know if its getting older or what but I've developed a bit of a flight anxiety. It never used to bother me and now (like a child) I need to have scores of things to keep me busy and not thinking about being in an airplane. I nearly passed out during a wee panic attack last time. Woozy, light-heated, hot and cold at the same time, hyper-ventilating, numb hands and face. The people in the seat across from me looked very concerned. I was fine but it leaves a bit of a bad taste in your mouth. A kind of will it or won't it happen again? Oh well, it is dangerous business going out your door after all.

On a lighter note everything for the wedding seems to be coming together. That huge monkey that has been on my back (aka sewing the dress) has finally been lifted. Thank the heavens!! I had a tall glass of celebratory wine while I revelled in netflix (The Bletchley Circle, X-files, and Sherlock... again) and not having to do anything for the rest of the day! It turned out good. The nitty-gritty isn't perfect. There's a wonky part to my hem and such but no one is going to notice that. One part on the back is slightly uneven but I was passed the point of caring and with my hair being down it will cover that whole area anyway. If I had to take the seam-ripper out one more time for a mistake I may have just kept ripping. Did I mention I was happy to be done?? ;)

Well before this turns into more of a block of typed ramblings from me I will stop. I think I will take the rest of the month off. Enjoy the last bit of wedding coordination and, of course, the actual day without the added pressure of finding time for this narrative. Before I know it it will all be over and I certainly want to live in the moment right now.

-I'll be back in August to bore everyone with the details! Haha

This photo is from my phone the other morning. Some wild clouds were rolling in while the sun rose behind them.


Sunwapta Falls

These photos got lost in the shuffle last year and never got posted. This is Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park. It was a stretching stop for us on our journey down to Banff and it was teeming with people also using it as a stretching stop! We went on a short 30 min hike down to the lower falls area and that was considerably less busy. It was a pretty warm day so the spray of the falls was a great cool down. We were actually planning on hiking around these ice caves but a mudslide had knocked out the road to get there so we had to forgo that adventure. I definitely want to try to go back there again though!

Side note: I guess we have a thing for plaid.

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